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CITY Center for Collaborative Learning Hiring Fair

March 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

City Center for Collaborative Learning invites prospective applicants to join us for a Virtual Hiring Fair. Learn about what it is like to work at City High School and the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools and possible job openings. To get the Zoom link email:

Family Night: School Safety Town Hall

We are having a special Town Hall sponsored by the Family Association for Family Night this Thursday at 5:30pm.
Tyler Deeny-Martino will be present to answer your questions about safety protocols at City High, our phased re-opening, vaccines, and more!  We will also have school administration present to answer questions as well.  All members of the community are welcome to attend.
Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or accommodations.  Please use this zoom link to join the meeting.  More information about family night see the flyer below.

Spring Break is around the corner!

Here are a couple of reminders regarding the school schedule and upcoming events:

  • Thursday, March 11th:
    • Special schedule
      per 1 9:00 – 9:55
      per 2 10:00 – 10:55
      per 3 11:00 – 11:55
      lunch 12:00 – 1:00
      per 4 1:05 – 2:00
      per 5 2:05 – 3:00
  • Friday, March 12th: No school for City High students. It is a professional development day for staff.
  • March 15th to March 19th: Spring break!
  • Monday, March 22nd: Fourth quarter begins remotely. The end of the school year is quickly approaching!
  • Friday, April 2nd: Spring Holiday, no classes!

Make Your 2020 Tax Credit Donation Today!

Every year City High School raises significant dollars through our tax credit campaign to support the most hands-on and intensive learning that our students experience. We can’t reach our goal without your help!

Make your contribution now through our CITY Center for Collaborative Learning website. Donate by April 15, 2021 to claim this state tax credit on your 2020 federal tax returns.

The Arizona State School Tax Credit Program is a great opportunity for any Arizona resident to make a financial donation to a public school of their choice and receive a state tax credit. Arizona residents who file individually may donate any amount up to $200, and residents who file jointly may donate up to $400, and receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction on their state taxes.

Your help in sharing our tax credit campaign to encourage your friends and extended family to donate will help us financially support the student learning experiences that engage and inspire.

Family Night This Week!

Hello Students and Community Members,

This week’s family night is another cooking extravaganza!  We will be making homemade pasta with Bechamel sauce.  Bechamel is cream sauce that is the base for homemade mac and cheese among other dishes and is delicious, a great recipe to have in your kitchen toolbox.  What is bechamel sauce?
We will begin at 4:30pm for the pasta making;  if you would like to boil up a boxed version and then tune in to make the sauce with us at 5:30pm, that would be great and we would love to have you.

Please email me if you plan to attend.  Ingredients will be available in the meal kits for pick-up on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.  We will not have school on Thursday, but we will still be having family night.

Hope you are all doing well and I hope to see you soon.


Jennifer Knochel
Pronouns: she/her
Desert Youth Gardening Instructor,
Sustainability Coordinator,
and Mindfulness Teacher


Rodeo Break – February 25th – 26th

Next week is a short one! City High School takes Rodeo Break on Thursday and Friday, February 25th and 26th. We will resume school on Monday, March 1st. The next Spring Semester school days off will be Spring Break March 12th-19th.

Pre-registration for JTED programs opens on Tuesday, 1/19

JTED pre-registration opens on Tuesday, January 19th at 12:00am (midnight). Students who are interested in a JTED program for the 2021-22 school year should try to pre-register on Tuesday or shortly after. Enrollment is done on a first-come-first served basis. The student is not committing to enrolling in JTED by pre-registering; they can change their minds at any time after.
Most JTED programs are two years, and are designed to be taken in the 11th grade and 12th grade years. Some programs are three years and start in the student’s 10th grade year. There are a few JTED programs that are one year and can be started in 12th grade. Please let me know if you have any questions about JTED as a possibility for you in the 2021-22 school year.

High-Interest Programs – 

–    Cosmetology (incoming 11th graders)

–     Aviation (concurrent program with PCC grades 10 – 12)

–     Business Start-Up/Entrepreneurship

–     Engineering – Aerospace and Mining Technology

–     Health Care Foundations (pre-req for Senior Pathways)

High-Demand Industries – 

–     3D Animation/Virtual Reality & Game Design

–     Air Transportation – FAA Drone Operator

–     Cybersecurity/Artificial Intelligence

–     Medical Billing & Coding

–     Building & Construction Technology

New programs for 2021 – 2022 – Pharmacy Technician & Comprehensive Healthcare Technician

A JTED representative will be presenting for City High School students and families at Family Night on Thursday, February 18 at 5:30 pm.

You can review the JTED program guide.  Here are a couple more options to access the programs:

QR Code: link:


Adobe Document:

Check out the Pima JTED 2021 Digital Program Guide!

Please note that not all programs are open to our students. On the website under Programs & Classes, if it does not say @JTED Central, it most likely is only offered at another high school in town and the class may be difficult to join. The link to pre-register is on the homepage of the website.

No School on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

There will be no school on Monday, January 18th, 2021 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

Classes will resume Tuesday, January 19th with a special schedule as follows:

Per 1 9:00 – 9:55

Per 2 10:00 – 10:55

Per 3 11:00 – 11:55

Lunch 12:00 – 1:00

Per 4 1:05 – 2:00

Per 5 2:05 – 3:00

Family and Community Nights

Student Led Conferences- January 6-8, 2021


Students have been preparing for their Student-Led Conferences, happening January 6, 7, and 8 the week we return from Winter Break. The Student-Led Conference , a City Hight School tradition, is facilitated by the student’s Advisor and attended by parents, peers, and other teachers. Students discuss their development and mastery of City High School’s Habits of Heart and Mind by presenting evidence in the form of work they have done over the course of the fall semester. They also set and discuss goals as well as discuss their understanding of the social emotional skills we’ve started to focus on this year. This year we are doing things a little bit different. We will be setting up virtual conferences with students and their families.

Parents and GuardiansOnline sign up for Student-Led Conferences is now live! Thirty-minute conference time slots are available Wednesday, January 6th from 1:30-4:30 p.m.;  Thursday, January 7th from 8:30-11:00 a.m. and 4:00-7:30 p.m.,  or Friday, January 8th from 8:30-11:00 a.m.

To schedule a conference for your City High student, please click on the following link:

Click on your student’s Advisor to select a conference at a time that is convenient for your family. You will only schedule ONE conference with your student’s Advisor. Please do not schedule more than one conference, or schedule a conference with another teacher. If you run into problems scheduling a conference online, please email Once you have scheduled your time slot, you will receive an confirmation email and calendar invite. With this you will find the Zoom Link to your meeting. We look forward to seeing you virtually at your student’s Student-Led Conference!

The school will operate on special schedules on January 7 & 8 to accommodate the conference schedule:


11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Lunch

11:20 a.m.-12:00 p.m. PER 1

12:05 p.m.-12:45 p.m. PER 2

12:50 p.m.-1:30 p.m. PER 3

1:35 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. PER 4

2:20 p.m.-3:00 p.m. PER 5

Students dismissed at 3:00 p.m.